THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Texas Independence Day at the Driskill. What better place to spend your celebration of Texas’ independence from Mexico than at Austin’s oldest hotel? The Driskill, established 50 years after the Republic of Texas formed, will have a full day of activities, including a Sun Radio Live broadcast starting at 7 a.m. and an Allen’s Boots pop-up shop at 8 a.m. Texas whiskey tastings will kick off in time for happy hour. The day will conclude with Texas Tribune trivia as well as live country music from David Touchton and the Sophia Johnson Band. Various times March 2. Free. 604 Brazos St. driskillhotel.com/happenings/texas-independence-day.
Texas Independence Day Parade. Celebrate the history of Texas with a parade up Congress Avenue. 9:30 a.m. March 3. Free. celebratetexas.org.
Explore UT. This annual event at the University of Texas seeks to encourage excitement about learning through tours, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, experiments, discussions, games, cultural activities and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3. Free. exploreut.utexas.edu.
Independence Brewing’s Cowboys from Helles Release Party. Independence has a new beer geared especially for Texans, and the East Austin brewery is celebrating in a particularly Texas way: with a mini rodeo. The afternoon will feature live music, including headliner Hillbilly Orchestra, a mechanical bull, games and a costume contest, and more fun activities. Real live cowboy Tommy Ward from the Lockhart Cowboy Company is also stopping in from 3 to 5 p.m. to teach some roping skills. The Rollin’ Smoke BBQ truck will be on site for grub. 2 to 7 p.m. March 3. Free. 3913 Todd Lane, Suite 607. independencebrewing.com/newsandevents.
It’s My Park Day. Help to beautify and clean up Austin’s parks and greenbelts with the Austin Parks Foundation’s biggest city-wide volunteer event. Thousands of volunteers will spread out across the city to improve its green spaces, working on such tasks as city-approved tree mulching, root collar clearing, habitat restoration and trail maintenance, as well as park and creek clean-ups. Sign up on the foundation’s website for one of the specific park improvement projects. 9 a.m. March 3. Various locations. austinparks.org.
ABC Kite Festival. Fly a kite, make a kite and enter the kite contest, plus enjoy the MossFest Children’s Concert, a fun run and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. abckitefestival.org.
"Vaudeville!" The Ransom Center’s newest exhibit displays the story of where American entertainment all begin, with documents, photographs, artifacts and manuscripts related to some of vaudeville’s best-known performers, including Harry Houdini, Mae West, Tony Pastor and others. The Ransom Center will show the development of vaudeville and its impact on contemporary film, television and comedy. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through July 15. Free. 300 W. 21st St. hrc.utexas.edu.